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Sedation Dentistry

These terms are very often used in marketing due to the popularity of “going to sleep” for your dental procedure. The truth of the matter is that only a Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologist like Dr. Picofazzi has gone for additional schooling of at least 2-3 year residency to be able to be fully licensed in this field and are considered specialists in this field. Most “Sleep Dentists” in Philadelphia are DENTISTS who have completed a weekend course on how to sedate you by giving you sleeping pills. This can be an more simple non- invasive approach, but also very DANGEROUS PRACTICE, since they are not trained in advanced resuscitation, airway management and often do not have the proper equipment to handle complications. This approach has its limitations of onset due to stomach absorption variances, duration of sedation, depth of the sedation and often the drugs are longer acting drugs than intravenous, and the effects linger often after the appointment has finished and patient has gone home.

Our Philadelphia area facility is inspected by the state of Pennsylvania and we carry the same equipment found in a state-of-the-art operating room. Dr Picofazzi is certified and licensed in all of anesthesia, from local, oral, IV, IM and inhalation to general and anything in between. These options are all available to our patients. Your health status, phobia and conditions such as gagging and the inability to get numb, as well as the procedure, all play a deciding role in which type of anesthesia and setting (office or hospital) are best for you. All anesthesia consults are performed by Dr. Picofazzi, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.